The Good With frequent recharging, the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi gets fuel economy approaching 88 mpg. Sync offers excellent voice command and connectivity for personal electronics.
The Bad A wide turning radius makes maneuvering in tight spaces tough. The optional MyFord Touch interface reacts slowly to input.
The Bottom Line If you have a commute under 50 miles and a place to plug the car in, the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi makes an economical and excellent commuter and family vehicle.
The e-vehicle lifestyle, without the range anxiety
Editor's note: Ford revised its EPA fuel economy numbers for the 2014 Ford C-Max Energi. The new numbers show an electric range of 19 miles, an MPG equivalent average of 88, and a gasoline MPG average of 38. This review has been updated to reflect the new numbers.
For those not ready to jump feet-first into the electric-vehicle pool, the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi offers a toe-dipping experience, a chance to check the water temperature before committing to the deep dive. And after experiencing the C-Max Energi, any reservations about electric cars should be erased.
The C-Max Energi is a variant of Ford's, a funky European-derived car abounding in sheer practicality. In our testing, the C-Max Hybrid achieved consistent low-40s fuel economy, while offering a large amount of versatile interior space.